Now I always check the labels on the food I buy - but not everything I need to know is there. The U.S. doesn't require labeling for genetically engineered foods, even though countries around the world - all of Europe, China and Japan - do. And some of these genetically engineered ingredients are designed to produce an insecticide and withstand increased levels of weed killer. While the jury is still out on the safety of these ingredients, we have the right to know what we're feeding our families.
To make it happen, I joined the Just Label It campaign. Please take a moment to watch the video about my story by Food, Inc. director Robby Kenner and then sign EWG's petition to the Food and Drug Administration demanding that genetically engineered foods be labeled.
Parents in other countries can make informed choices when it comes to feeding their kids. I hope you'll join me so that Americans will also have the right to know what's in our food. Our families are too important. " Robyn O'Brien - EWG Action Fund Board Member and children's health advocateAs Monsanto continues to assert that genetically modified crops are safe, a recent study by independent Canadian doctors, has heightened concern. Genetically modified crops include genes extracted from the bacterial toxin Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) to make them resistant to pest attacks. These genes make crops toxic to pests but Monsanto claims that they to pose no danger to the environment and human health. The Canadian study points in a very different direction, toward gene transfer from GM foods to cells of the body and to bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract, that the World Health Organization (WHO) says is of concern.
"All this time, Monsanto has based its assertion that crops engineered to contain the bacterial toxin, Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), are harmless on an assumption that the toxin breaks down in the digestive system and so never enters the rest of the body. Regulators have been repeating this to us for over a generation. Now it turns out that the Bt toxin is not only surviving in our guts, but is making its way on into our bloodstreams — and if we’re pregnant, into the soon-to-be-babies in our bellies." -Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, PAN AmericaNow the CDC (Center's for Disease Control) in Georgia has perhaps unknowingly become involved in exposing the horrific result of the human experiment known as GMO's to the world. In trying to verify the existence of the disease called Morgellons, which is increasingly affecting not only adults but also children as well in great numbers, the CDC may perhaps uncover its cause as ingestion of GMO's.
After receiving almost two dozen calls a day about a strange illness which manifests itself in itching and biting sensations, unexplained skin thickening and sores as well as multicolored, cellulose fibers emerging from within the body through skin lesions, the CDC is obviously concerned.
The fibers, which once removed continue to live in a petri dish, contain DNA from both a fungus and a bacterium which are used in the commercial preparation of genetically modified foods and non-food crops (such as cotton).
"Persons who suffer from this condition report a range of coetaneous symptoms including crawling, biting and stinging sensations; granules, threads or black speck-like materials on or beneath the skin; and/or skin lesions (e.g., rashes or sores) and some sufferers also report systemic manifestations such as fatigue, mental confusion, short term memory loss, joint pain, and changes in vision." - CDCRegardless of the outcome of the CDC investigation on the existence and cause of Morgellons, consumers have a right to know what we are putting on our dinner tables and feeding to our families.
P.S.- Have you heard about The Green PolkaDot Box ! Recently launched with over 12,000 members and backed by the Organic Consumer's Association, you can easily buy NonGMO organics at wholesale pricing online. It's like a Sam's club but focused on products for green, healthy living!! You can even shop by dietary restrictions like gluten free, vegan or diabetic.
Sources: Monsanto , PAN America , Natural News , The Lancet , WHO , Healthy Eating Politics , EWG , The Organic and Non-GMO Report , Morgellons Research Foundation , YAHOO , World Truth Today, PubMed
Photo Source: Morgellons Research Foundation